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Director:
Writers:
Radley Metzger (screenplay)
John Willard (play)
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Release Date:
1979 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
For God's sake, stay in your rooms and lock the doors!
Plot:
A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An enjoyable misfire. See more (25 total) »

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Directed by
Radley Metzger 
 
Writing credits
Radley Metzger (screenplay)

John Willard (play)

Produced by
Ray Corbett .... associate producer
Richard Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Steven Cagan 
 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
Roger Harrison 
 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
 
Art Direction by
John Hoesli 
Anthony Pratt 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Hillman .... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson .... makeup artist (as Tommy Manderson)
Sarah Monzani .... hairdresser
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Bilgorri .... second assistant director
Alan Carpenter .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Derek Creedon .... property man
Dennis Maddison .... production buyer
Tony Neale .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
Anthony Sloman .... dubbing editor
David Sutton .... sound assistant
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Clive Winter .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Clark .... electrical supervisor
Frank Connor .... stills
Mike Fox .... camera operator (as Michael David Fox)
John Golding .... focus
Martin Hume .... clapper/loader
Nick Pearson .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorna Hillyard .... wardrobe
Monica Howe .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Allen Burry .... publicist
Tamasin Day-Lewis .... assistant to director
Jo Gregory .... production accountant
Jane Oscroft .... production secretary
Raymond Rohauer .... by arrangement with
 

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Runtime:
98 min | Germany:89 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (1979) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: re-edited with additional material) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG

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Trivia:
Wilfrid Hyde-White filmed his lengthy cameo in a day.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After Hendricks is shot fatally three times by Paul, he is still breathing.See more »
Quotes:
Susan Sillsby:Hm, my favourite period: early Devil's Island.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable misfire., 5 July 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

This film version of greedy relatives gathering for the reading of a will has been crucified in some corners as a pale shadow of the original, or if not the original the Bob Hope version. While certainly no classic this is a fun retelling of the story that works because the cast is so enjoyable to watch and because the old story works even if its done half way decently.

This was the first version of the story that I ever saw. Endless reruns on HBO years ago have burned portions of this film into my mind, but I didn't mind since the film was just a good time passer.

No, its not perfect. The 1970's retro feel that it has doesn't really work and makes the film feel like it doesn't belong anywhere. There were several films in the 1970's set in the 20's, 30's or 40's that suffered similar fates, particularly if they had any European connections. This is not the place to discuss it, but when you see this film you'll understand what I mean.

And you should see this since its good but far from great. Is this the version if you can only see one go at the story? No, that would probably be the Bob Hope version, but if you want something for a rainy Sunday that won't tax the brain, this is it.

7 out of 10 on the pure enjoyment scale.

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